Handball is non-contact sport similar to
association football, but played with the hands
only. As played today, handball dates back to
the 1890s in Germany.
Introduced by Konard Koch, a gymnastics
teacher, it wasn’t until after the first
World War in 1918 that the game became popular.
In 1936 it was introduced as an 11-a-side
outdoor game to the Olympics. It was switched to
an indoor 7-a-side game for men in 1972 and
Handball can be played outdoors as well as
indoors, although indoor version is now the most
popular. It is played on a court 20 metres wide
by 40 metres long. The goals at each end are 2
metres high and 3 metres wide, with a net at the
is a goal area line 6 metres from the goal line,
and free throw-line 9 metres from the
RULES AND REGULATIONS
are two halves of 30 minutes with a 10-minute
interval. Outdoors the game is played with 11
players on each side and indoors with seven.
Players are not allowed to enter the goal area.
are scored by hurling the ball into the goal
net. Players may not touch the ball with their
feet. It is game played at a great
RECORDS SET IN THE GAME
Romanian Gheorge Gruia was
considered one of the best player in the
world when he played for the Romania in
their World Championship winning teams of 1964
and 1970. He scored more than 600 goals in 126
internationals for his country.
Turchina is rated one of the best women
players after winning gold medals at the
Olympic Games in 1976 and 1980. She helped her
club, Sartak Kiev, win the European Cup ten